State waives juvenile up to adult court and obtains indictment on murder charge

A Cumberland County Grand Jury has handed up an indictment that charges Jacqui Profit with the November 26, 2020 (Thanksgiving Day) death of 17-year-old Jason Jones, who was allegedly shot in the back of the head in a Millville alleyway. Jacqui Profit was only 16-years-old at the time of his arrest. His case had remained in the Family Court – Juvenile Part until the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office sought and obtained a waiver (i.e., motion to have him tried as an adult) earlier this year.

The underlying investigation revealed surveillance footage of the suspect walking into the alleyway with Jones before the shooting. Profit was later identified as the shooter after witnesses described the clothing he was wearing on the day of the shooting, which purportedly matched the clothing of the suspect in the surveillance footage.

Profit was taken into custody the following day at his residence in Vineland. Police claimed that he was holding a handgun upon their arrival and tried to run.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause filed in conjunction with the initial Complaint, ballistic testing confirmed that the handgun found in Profit’s possession was, in fact, the murder weapon. A motive for the killing has yet to be disclosed.

Profit now stands charged as an adult by way of an indictment with Murder, a crime of the First Degree, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the Second Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a crime of the Second Degree, and Possession of a Prohibited Device (to wit: a large capacity ammunition magazine), a crime of the Fourth Degree. If convicted of the Murder, Profit faces a minimum sentence of 30 years in NJ State Prison, of which the full 30 years will have to be served before he becomes eligible for parole. For more information, the article can be found here.

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